He managed to get a groundball and get out of the inning. He finished with four strikeouts and no runs allowed in 2 1/3 innings of work.
"It was good to be in a situation like that, coming in, especially in the middle of an inning, I haven't done that in a while, starting an inning with a guy on second and having to pitch through that," said Barnes. "I was happy with all of it."
The Sox plan to use Barnes more often, in shorter stints, instead of working to stretch him out, according to WEEI's Rob Bradford.
“I wanted to take a look at him earlier in the game against more of the ‘A’ type lineups as opposed to the first couple of times out and today was the first exposure to that,” manager John Farrell said after Monday's one-inning outing. “We’re still taking a look at him in shorter stints right now.”
Barnes struck out three batters in two scoreless relief innings Thursday. His fastball reached 97 mph and he featured a tight breaking ball, per WEEI.com.
The Red Sox likely have just two spots in the bullpen open, but Barnes could change their plans. Barnes did make five relief appearances for Boston last season.
“If everyone was healthy, we probably viewed two spots in competition among a group of four or five,” manager John Farrell said. “Does an outing like last night increase the pool? I don’t know that we need to anoint that yet, but that was a really good outing to watch.
“I don’??t have a whole lot of history with Matt Barnes, but that was a different guy than even what we saw in September. Sometimes you look for silver linings in an otherwise frustrating year and talking with Matt Barnes, he has a better understanding of who he is as a pitcher, what’??s required at the major-league level and the constant focus and concentration needed, all those were talked openly by him. And he went out last night and demonstrated some of the things he learned last year. Breaking balls much tighter. I’??ve never seen that kind of velocity from him. He was a different guy last night.”
Barnes, who was an MLB.com top-100 prospect in 2014, is 21-24 with a 3.64 ERA over three seasons in the minors. He went 8-9 with a 3.95 ERA at Triple-A Pawtucket last season.
Barnes threw a whopping 30 of his 38 pitches for strikes in the debut performance. It was a nice showing after he went 8-9 with a 3.95 ERA and 103:46 K:BB ratio in 127 2/3 innings with Triple-A Pawtucket.
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|9/28/2014 vs N.Y. Yankees|
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|2012||AFA-Salem Red Sox||5||5||3.58||20||20||1||1||0||93.0||85||42||37||6||8||25||91|
|2013||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||1||0||0.00||1||1||0||0||0||5.1||3||0||0||0||0||2||7|
|2013||AA-Portland Sea Dogs||5||10||4.33||24||24||0||0||0||108.0||112||62||52||11||4||46||135|
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